Ball caps for the Black Sheep
In return for the caps, the Black Sheep made good on their end of the bargain. Instead of taking down just 20 enemy planes, though, the members pictured here accounted for 48 enemy planes destroyed.
The 1970s NBC television show Baa Baa Black Sheep, later known as Black Sheep Squadron, is based on the accounts of Pappy Boyington’s Black Sheep Squadron and their experiences in World War II.
Ken Roussey is the photo archives assistant at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum features a collection of nearly 250,000 photographs like this one. Reproductions are available for purchase. To purchase a reprint of this photograph or others from the Photo Archive collections, please call (607) 547-0375 or email [email protected]. Hall of Fame members receive a 10-percent discount.